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What Britain can do for Zimbabwe in the post-Mugabe era

If Zimbabwe holds an outsize place in the British psyche, the UK must make sure it uses its relationship with the country to encourage democratic change

By Alex Vines  

People cheer a passing Zimbabwe Defense Force military vehicle during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Mugabe. Photo: PA

Suddenly is it back to the future in Zimbabwe. The military made their decisive clinical move in the early hours on 15 November to stop quickening plans for dynastic succession from the then 93-year old President, Robert Mugabe to his wife, Grace. As several military officials observed dryly, “leadership in Zimbabwe is not sexually transmitted.”

Comrade Robert Mugabe struggled to extend his presidency with plenty of twists and turns but…

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